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Observations from The Grand Lake Bum

The last full weekend of Daylight Saving Time was the very best possible weather on Grand Lake.  Spectators for the “Ghost Float” Halloween Boat Parade on Monkey Island were a lot more comfortable in their shorts and tee shirts than the participants were in their costumes!  It’s the only time in Halloween Boat Parade history that monsters have been seen dashing into the cabins of their boats to get a little air conditioning! Judging from the crowds at the Boat Parade and the Symphony of Hope Saturday night, there must have been no one left at home except for the people cheering the boat parade from the shoreline.  Sunday’s Brats & Bras event at The Road Hog Saloon to help fight cancer was also a tremendous success. The upper 80-degree temperatures gave bikers a great opportunity to attend the event behind the handlebars – and they did!

The upcoming weekend looks almost as good for trick-or-treaters participating in the actual Halloween holiday.  High temperatures won’t be in the 80s, but they’ll be in the 60’s – and that’s good enough!  Halloween parties, Oktoberfest activities and opportunities for boating and golf will be just darn near perfect for the weekend ahead.  The only people luckier than those of us left at Grand Lake will be the lakers who are headed to Ft. Lauderdale this weekend for the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.  Maybe I can find a place to hide in someone’s luggage!


Enjoy the weekend ahead, because we all have to set our clocks back an hour Saturday night.  Sadly, it’s the end of Daylight Saving Time.  We’ll all be driving to the bars after work in the dark starting Sunday.  I’m going to try to milk every last drop of DST out of the calendar, though.  Since Standard Time officially begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning (closing time for bars), I’m going to try to convince my bartender that it’s really only 1:00 a.m.  If I can squeeze in an extra hour at the bar, it will make the switch to “afternoon darkness time” a little less painful.


I have great news for my pals age 60 and up.  The American Journal Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias has a released a new medical study that indicates drinking alcohol after age 60 may help preserve your memory.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is, more than three drinks a day can actually reverse that process; so the report recommends something called “moderation,” but I can’t remember what that is.

Okay, we’ve gone too far in the regulation of Pee Wee football.  Elijah Burrell was the most excited kid in America.  He intercepted his first pass for a pick six, running the length of the field to score a touchdown.  Unfortunately, his team already led in the game 32-0.  His thrilling play put his team over the 33-point “mercy rule,” installed so as not to humiliate the inferior team. His team, the Lawrenceville, Georgia Black Knights, was fined $500 and the coach was suspended for a week.  I don’t know why Elijah didn’t understand the rule well enough to forget his excitement and simply drop to a knee after the interception.  After all, he is eight years old!


Have you ever wondered why diapers for babies have names like Luvs and Huggies while diapers for older folks have a name like Depends?  It’s because when babies poop their pants, everybody is still going to luv ‘em and hug ‘em.  When older folks do it, it depends on who’s in the will.


Have you noticed that the later it gets, the slower the drive-thru service gets?  I can’t think of any other explanation as to why OSU wide receiver Jhajuan Seales and cornerback Juwan Offrey would be napping in their car at the Whataburger drive-thru in Stillwater…with the car running and Seales’ foot on the brake.  You guessed it.  The cops came up with another explanation.

If you’re like me, you worry sometimes about running across a drunk who has a gun.  But I don’t generally think that’s likely to happen at a shooting range – at8:30 in the morning!  And I generally don’t count on the drunk shooter being a cop!  It happened in Red Bank, Tennessee, though.  Detective Doug Millsaps blew almost twice the legal limit at 8:30 in the morning, an hour after he showed up at the shooting range for practice.  He’s not a cop anymore, by the way.


Every now and then, you’ll hear another flare-up of discussions about whether Jesus might have been married.  Apparently the cops in Lawton, Oklahoma don’t believe it, though – or at least they don’t believe his wife is Kristi Rhines who was arrested after she couldn’t pay for her food and drinks at a Mexican restaurant.  She told the management – and the cops – that she was married to Jesus Christ and he would be by later to pay her tab.  He hasn’t been by so far, anyway.


GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS:  Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Shelly Sparks, Brian Usher, Christal Lavery, Mitch Whitehead, Curtiss Tate, Kayla Thomas, Mark Gibson, Kaye Slepka, and Scott Brecheisen. Special congratulations to everyone who participated in the “Ghost Float” Halloween Boat Parade on Monkey Island – and especially the winners: “Best Lights (30’ and under) – The Landings Marina; “Best Theme” (30’ and under – Stephanie Higgins and the “Gilligan’s Island” boat; “Best Lights” (over 30’) – Kevin and Betty Dennis; “Best Theme” (over 30’) – Judie Clark and Steve Kreie. Overall Champion winning entry – Roxane Gardner and Dave Vloedmon (the Pumpkin Boat).

UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If a pig is sold to a pawn shop, is it a ham hock?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Friday is one of the most important events of the year. The Lake Level Restoration Pep Rally is set for 11:30 a.m. in the upper ballroom at Cherokee Yacht Club.  Let’s STOP THE DRAW-DOWN! Saturday, there are two great events – The  Oktoberfest Buffet with Martini & Scotch Station, Beer Garden and Halloween Costume Contest at Shangri-La’s Summit Restaurant (5:00-9:00); and the Duck Creek Dynasty party at Harbors View Marina (5:00-9:00). 


GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: As we enjoy the last weekend of Daylight Saving time, there are plenty of entertainment offerings around the Grand Lake area this weekend. On Monkey Island, Big Shots Rhythm & Booze goes country Saturday night.  It will be a full evening of great country dance music and competition to pick the winners of the Country Music Association Awards.  Pick the winners & win big prizes.  At Monkey Island Pub, there’s a spooktacular Halloween Party Saturday night, with entertainment by DJ Rob; and there’s always great music and fun at the Road Hog Saloon.

Area casinos have some great entertainment offerings this week, too. The live music this week is Friday night at Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar with the classic country sounds of The Bobby D Band with special guest performer Milton Patton.

The weekend begins on Wednesday night at Indigo Sky Casino’s Echo Bar with Darren Ray, followed by Darryl Perry both Thursday and Friday nights, andEddie Valen Saturday night. There’s great music at Buffalo Run Casino, too. Dead Metal Society will be on stage with live music at Trailer Park Bar & GrillFriday night followed by The Sex Saturday night; and the Indoor Peoria Showplace at Buffalo Run will feature a special Friday night concert by Jason Boland and the Stragglers.

The best spots to catch NFL and college football, PGA, and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and JJ’s Wing ‘N’ It in Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Madame Secretary Sunday night at 7:00 on CBS. 


BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Nightcrawler and Ouija


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I worry that the appearance of one Ebola case in New York will distract the media from their coverage of Renee Zellweger’s face.”– Andy Borowitz


SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, November 8 – JL Toy Run hosted by “The Posse” leaves the Grove Civic Center at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 13 – South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Cherokee Yacht Club. Saturday, November 15 – Potluck Dinner & Thanksgiving celebration at Monkey Island Pub. Thursday, November 20 – Monkey Island Thanksgiving celebration at Big Shots. Thursday, November 20 – South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ecosystems Building in Langley. Saturday, November 22 – “Festivus” party, nighttime golf & pre-Christmas shopping extravaganza at Shangri-La Golf Club.


It would be a huge week in the TV sports world, even without the World Series. It’s week #10 already in the college football world, and great coverage startsThursday night this week as Florida State travels to Louisville (6:30 on ESPN).  The Tulsa Golden Hurricane is on TV this week, traveling to Memphis Fridaynight (7:00 on ESPNU). Saturday morning, OU kicks off the weekend at Iowa State (11:00). Oklahoma State is at Kansas State (7:00 on ABC), and Arkansas is at #1 Mississippi State (6:15 on ESPN2).   

Aside from the Big 4, other great Saturday games include Air Force at Army (10:30 a.m. on CBS), Florida at Georgia (2:30 on CBS), CU at West Virginia (2:30on ABC or ESPN2), Kansas at Baylor (3:00 on Fox Sports 1), auburn at Ole Miss (6:00 on ESPN), Stanford at Oregon (6:30 on Fox), Texas at Texas Tech (6:30 on Fox Sports 1), Notre Dame at Navy (7:00 on CBS), Arizona State at UCLA (9:30 on ESPN), and Utah at Arizona State (10:00 on Fox Sports 1).

NFL action kicks of Thursday night as the Panthers host the Saints in Carolina on NFL Network (7:30).  Sunday’s games include Arizona at Dallas (12:00 on Fox), NY Jets at Kansas City (12:00 on CBS), and Baltimore at Pittsburgh Sunday night (7:30 on NBC). Monday night football features the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants in New York (7:30 on ESPN).

NBA action officially gets underway this week, too.  The OKC Thunder is in L.A. to face the Clippers on national television Thursday night in the late game (9:30on TNT). Saturday night, they host the Denver Nuggets (7:00 on Fox Sports Oklahoma) and next Monday, they’re in Brooklyn (6:30 on Fox Sports Oklahoma).

The PGA Tour players are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week for the CIMB Classic.  If you want to watch live coverage, it’s available, but you’ll have to stay up late. Live coverage starts nightly at 10:00 beginning Wednesday night on the Golf Channel.  Far more reasonable coverage is also on the Golf ChannelThursday-Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m.

NASCAR Sprint Cup action is getting serious.  The AAA Texas 500 is this week – the second race in the Eliminator Round. Coverage gets underway Sundayafternoon at 2:00 on ESPN.

It is a big week for horse racing fans, to be sure.  The best from around the world will compete in the Breeders’ Cup Races Friday and Saturday, running 13 races for total purse money of $24 million! Coverage begins Friday at 4:00 and Saturday at 2:30 on NBC Sports Network.  Coverage moves to NBC for the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday night at 7:00.


The last weekend of Daylight Saving Time looks like a good one.  It won’t be quite as balmy as last weekend, but high temperatures will still be in the 60s with sunshine, no rain, and light winds.  It’s a pretty darn good way to start November! Tip well, my friends, and remember…wherever you decided to party on Grand Lake, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me.



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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.


American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Grand Lake Burrito in Ketchum

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.J.’s Wing ‘N’ It in Downtown Grove

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

Kelly’s Bar & Deli at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (Langley)

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pensacola Pizza & Pasta in Langley  (smoking on patio only)

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summerside Winery in Vinita

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Trail’s End Barbecue in Grove

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Your Place (Grove Main Street)